Data Services Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2017-01-04

Employer: University of California, Berkeley

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The University of California, Berkeley seeks a collaborative and service-oriented librarian to join a team of specialists supporting world-class research and teaching. The Data Services Librarian develops, leads, and assesses an innovative outreach and service program to increase data and statistical literacy within the Library and across the curriculum.

The Environment The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premier public universities. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and 1,500 faculty. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills.

The Library’s Social Sciences Division consists of five library locations – the Anthropology Library, Business Library, Data Lab, Environmental Design Library, and Social Research Library – and collections and services located in Doe Library/Gardner MAIN Stacks. Collectively, the staff – 12 librarians, 12 library staff, and over 50 student library employees – support the research, teaching, and study needs of a diverse clientele. These libraries are primary service points and provide research-level print and digital collections in several languages to support the research and teaching programs of several academic programs and centers, professional schools, research units, and the general public. Visit for more information about the UC Berkeley Library.

Responsibilities Reporting to the Head of the Library’s Social Sciences Division, the incumbent provides leadership for campus and library initiatives supporting data and digital scholarship, and works with a variety of ad-hoc and standing groups to help achieve program objectives. The Data Services Librarian is the library liaison to the undergraduate Data Science Education Program (DSEP) and to the broader Data Science Initiative at Berkeley. The Data Science Initiative is University-wide, supporting the increased use of computational and inferential thinking in many academic disciplines and professional schools and developing information literacies for a data-rich world. The librarian establishes strong relationships with faculty and students, conducts analysis and assessment of user and program data needs, develops and implements peer consulting/drop-in services, provides virtual and in-person research consultations, creates instructional materials in a variety of formats, promotes library resources and services, and works collaboratively and programmatically to support data literacy across the curriculum.

The incumbent works closely with a network of campus partners including the Social Sciences Data Laboratory (D-Lab), the Social Science Matrix, the Berkeley Institute for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) and the Research Data Management Core Team, as well as colleagues within the Library, including those who support GIS, qualitative data, and the digital humanities. The librarian provides advice, guidance and instruction to build capacity amongst colleagues and to better use quantitative data to assess and improve Library services. The librarian is the service lead to the Library’s Data Acquisition and Access Program (DAAP), providing input and advice on data requested by students and faculty. The librarian represents the social sciences on the research data management core team, supporting best practices related to data creation, organization, preservation, and sharing. Regionally and nationally, the librarian collaborates with colleagues to develop and implement new models and best practices for Library support of data intensive research.

UC Berkeley librarians and academic staff are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.

Minimum Basic Qualification at time of application:

  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program or equivalent degree

Additional Required Qualifications by start date of position:

  • Domain expertise in an area of research related to the position.
  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative academic research using statistical software such as SPSS, R, SAS or Stata and/or programming languages such as R or Python
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective programs, complex projects, and services
  • Demonstrated understanding of the information needs of social science researchers, including familiarity with new research methods and with research data management
  • Demonstrated ability to provide highly responsive public service and to work effectively with diverse staff and campus user communities
  • Experience teaching and/or advising researchers on resolving data-related questions
  • Experience creating documentation and educational materials
  • Demonstrated analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, creativity and the ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with data visualization principles and tools (such as Tableau or Gephi).
  • Experience providing reference and/or instructional services in an academic library.

Archived on: 2017-01-11